4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties

4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched an aggressive campaign to win parliamentary seats last year. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 June 2019

4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties

4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties
  • At least 18 others were injured in the clashes that broke out Saturday
  • The eastern state has been on edge since Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party launched an aggressive campaign to win parliamentary seats last year

KOLKATA: Three supporters of India’s ruling right-wing party and another from a rival regional party have been killed in a gunbattle in West Bengal state, police and a local politician said Sunday.
At least 18 others were injured in the clashes that broke out Saturday in the eastern state that has been on edge since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched an aggressive campaign to win parliamentary seats last year.
“Three of the dead were BJP workers while the other was a (regional) Trinamool party supporter,” a police official told AFP.
Local BJP leader Mukul Roy tweeted from his official handle that three BJP workers were “shot dead” in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal.


Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
Updated 16 January 2021

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital
  • Two policemen were killed and one wounded
  • The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.
The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.
Two policemen were killed and one wounded, Faramarz said.
Violence has surged across the country in recent months, especially in Kabul which is also rocked by a new trend of targeted killings that has sown fear in the city.
The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country.
The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks.